Unveiled: Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100

Document sets out the pathway to becoming a high-income country, suggesting essential areas of action, including improving labour productivity and enhancing labour mobilization

GN Bureau | August 31, 2022


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(Illustration: Ashish Asthana)
(Illustration: Ashish Asthana)

The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has released a blueprint for the country’s economic future over the next 25 years, leading to the centenary of independence.

The Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100, which is a part of the India Competitiveness Initiative, was released here Tuesday in the presence of Dr Bibek Debroy, chairman, EAC-PM, Sanjeev Sanyal, member, EAC-PM, and the members of the Stakeholders Group formed as part of the initiative. The roadmap is a collaborative endeavour between the EAC-PM and The Institute for Competitiveness and is developed by Dr Amit Kapoor, chair, Institute for Competitiveness, Professor Michael E. Porter and Dr Christian Ketels of Harvard Business School. It envisions setting new guiding principles for the country’s growth journey over the following years and guiding different states, ministries and partners in India’s growth to develop sector-specific roadmaps for achieving targeted goals.

The Competitiveness roadmap for India@100 is based on the Competitiveness framework developed by Professor Michael E. Porter. The Competitiveness approach puts forth the idea of productivity as a driver of sustained prosperity. It emphasises the context that a nation is able to provide firms to be more productive and for individuals to be able to partake in the value generated through their productivity.

Based on this approach, the India@100 roadmap guides the way for India to become a high-income country by 2047 through sector-specific and region-specific policies based on the ‘4 S’ principles. The roadmap sets out to give new guiding principles that are based on clearly defined overall goals and the articulation of a new development approach embedded in integrating social and economic agendas. The ‘4 S’ guiding principles redefine our approach to attaining prosperity by stressing the need for prosperity growth to be matched by ‘social progress’, to be ‘shared’ across all regions within India, to be environmentally ‘sustainable’, and to be ‘solid’ in the face of external shocks. By capturing these four important aspects, the ‘4 S’ guiding principles pave the way for resilient and holistic development.

In his message, Professor Michael Porter mentioned, “The competitiveness framework underlying the roadmap offers a strategic perspective on how to translate the diagnostics on a country’s competitiveness fundamentals into actionable insights. The solution does not lie in narrow interventions. What is needed to accelerate progress is a clear strategy enabling action to focus on key priority areas.”

Dr Amit Kapoor shared the essence of the Competitiveness roadmap as he said, “The competitiveness approach must serve as the cornerstone of India’s economic and social policy for us to be able to sustain long-term economic growth. The recommendations outlined in the roadmap factor in India’s unique advantages and are based on a new set of guiding principles, policy goals, and an implementation architecture.”

The roadmap is a step in this direction. It offers a thorough diagnostic assessment of India’s current competitiveness level, the primary challenges faced, and opportunities for growth. Furthermore, setting out the pathway to becoming a high-income country, the roadmap suggests essential areas of action, including improving labour productivity and enhancing labour mobilization, boosting the creation of competitive job opportunities, and improving policy implementation through greater coordination across different ministries.

The roadmap was presented by Dr Christian Ketels, who highlighted the importance of building a complete understanding of India’s strengths and its unique advantages, which can help enhance the country’s overall national value proposition. He stated, “Understanding India’s competitiveness challenges and opportunities also help gain insights into the challenges and opportunities that the world is facing. How India manages to address its major challenges will have a bearing on how the world tackles these challenges. India’s performance matters.”

In the keynote address on ‘India – The Competitive Edge’, Dr Bibek Debroy mentioned, “If India’s development trajectory has to emerge faster, higher and stronger, both government policies and the enterprises and markets functioning in the environment set by the former, are of great significance.”

Adding emphasis to the importance of a renewed approach to development, Amitabh Kant, G20, sherpa, stated, “In an ever-evolving global context, India is working towards presenting a sustained growth model based on ease of living for its people and ease of doing business for its industries. The emphasis is not just on attaining the ambitions set for India but also on how the country gets there. The roadmap provides directions guiding the process of attaining the set goals, and outlines the kind of principle changes required for the transformation we are working towards.”

The Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100 provides the basis for a renewed approach to India’s growth and development strategy. Moving ahead, the focus would be on developing KPIs and roadmaps for different industries, ministries, and states of the country to shape the journey towards reaching the country’s ambitions by its centennial year. The change in approach to development in different sectors and states will not only shape policy actions today but also have an impact on the design and implementation of future policies.

 

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